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A pair of local high schools made the top 10 in a list of the best public schools for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in the New York area.

A report by Niche ranked The Queens High School for the Sciences at York College in Jamaica at No. 6 on the list; Townsend Harris High School in Flushing came in at No. 7.

At the Queens High School for the Sciences at York College, 95 percent of students at the school scored at or above proficiency levels on state math tests, according to data collected by Niche. The school also scored an A+ in academics, teachers and college readiness.

Though it is a humanities-focused school, Flushing’s Townsend Harris High School ranked No. 7 for its STEM education. With just over 1,000 students, the school has a 99 percent graduation rate and a 92 percent Advanced Placement (AP) enrollment rate. The school scored an A+ in academics, clubs and activities and health and safety.

Other Queens schools that appeared on the list were the Bard High School Early College Queens (No. 34) and the Baccalaureate School for Global Education (No. 43), both in Long Island City, Francis Lewis High School in Fresh Meadows (No. 70) and Jamaica Gateway to the Sciences (No. 78).

Rankings were calculated by Niche using academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education, along with test scores, college data and ratings collected through their website. The ranking assessed public high schools in New York.

The Queens High School for the Sciences at York College and Townsend Harris High School also placed seventh and ninth, respectively, on a U.S. News & World Report ranking of the top 50 schools throughout New York City, which was released last year.

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